The 6th ranked (Class AA) Mingo Central Miners bounced back from their first loss of the season as they defeated Point Pleasant, 20-14, on Friday in Point Pleasant.
The Miners (6-1) drew first blood late in the opening quarter as Dylan Vance broke a 37-yard touchdown run up the middle. The conversion pass failed, but Mingo Central held a 6-0 lead. The Miners scored again in the second quarter. After a long run from Vance, Chris Ross finished off the drive with a 5-yard run. The conversion failed again as Mingo Central held a 12-0 lead.
Point Pleasant (2-4) responded a few minutes later when Nate Bentz scored on a 4-yard run. The PAT kick made the score 12-7 at the half.
The Miners added to their lead with a defensive score when a Malaki Sheppard sack forced a fumble that was recovered by Aidan Burke for a touchdown. Ross then connected with Burke for the 2-point conversion and a 20-7 lead.
Point Pleasant responded with defensive fumble recovery and return down to the 1-yard-line before Bentz pounded it into the end zone to cut Mingo Central’s lead to 20-14 with 4:36 left in the game. The Miners held on to get the win.
Mingo Central will enter a bye week before hosting Roane County in two weeks.
Photos Courtesy of Samantha Waine